Abby Anderson is one of CMT's Next Women of Country 2018.
The Dallas native has been making waves in Nashville and washing over the country music industry. Her vocals have been praised for maturity beyond her years, and her command of the genre is taking country rock to new heights. Backed by a stellar band and a talented songwriting team, her debut EP I'm Good dropped last month and showcases the newcomer's impressive talents.
"I'm Good" begins with a solid guitar riff before settling in to a standard reggae-ish rhythm. The bridge slides the song along its rails towards the chorus The guitar riffs fold in, and Anderson proclaims, "I'm good" in a declaration of self-assurance as well as her pure talent. A country rock version of Alanis Morissette, she has a cool confidence as her vocals rock out over the impressive band behind her.
As we start "Make Him Wait," the tone is immediately softer and more intimate. A four chord piano progression leads lyrics that urge, "A boy's gonna run, but a real man's gonna stay / Girl, make him wait." Instrumentally and vocally, the song is good, but the well-intended message comes off a little stale and doesn't necessarily catch the listener the same way that "I'm Good" instantly endears itself.
"Dance Away My Broken Heart" almost has a Nouvelle Vague feel to its intro. Once the rhythm kicks in, the song enters Taylor Swift territory. The breezy clap rhythm feels reminiscent of "Shake it Off," but it's the song's hook that's the showpiece. She sings the track's title with real emotion behind its message, accompanied by some sexy sax that grabs and keeps your attention. The piece takes pain and turns it into pleasure.
Anderson reflects on her sound: "When I was little I really didn't think I'd be making music quite like this. I'm not sure what I thought my sound would be like but I'm sure happy with where it landed. All I want to do is make music that takes people's cares away. Music they can jam to and have a good time. And I'd like to think that's what this little debut EP of mine does."
Indeed, Anderson gives us a strong debut, with catchy hooks and a vocal performance to envy, even by people with decades of experience in this competitive industry. The singer certifies her ability to thrive in classic country rock.
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Thomas Burns Scully is a Popdust contributor, and also an award-winning actor, playwright, and musician. In his spare time he writes and designs escape rooms. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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